“When Shadows Fall”: Dedicated to a Lifelong Friend

Yesterday I was at the funeral of a lifelong friend.

Roger and I were at school together in our teens and got into jazz together soon after. Throughout our lives we shared adventures and then, back in 2008, we
re-discovered jazz – live jazz. Roger and his wife played crucial roles in inspiring me to launch this website.

So I dedicate my YouTube of Matt Palmer’s Aces of Rhythm playing
“When Shadows Fall” to Roger.

The Lyrics

As written by Harry Clarkson, Geoffrey Clarkson and Peter van Steeden in 1931

When shadows fall and trees whisper day is ending,
My thoughts are ever wending home.
When crickets call, my heart is forever yearning,
Once nor to be returning home.
When the hills conceal the setting sun,
Stars begin a peeping one by one.
Night covers all and, though fortune may forsake me,
Sweet dreams will ever take me home.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photos & YouTubes © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

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  1. Peter Butler says:

    Relatives, friends and colleagues – perhaps over 200 – filled Christ Church, Herne Bay, to bid farewell to Roger Pout on Thursday, 19th April. As well as his wife Chris, daughter Helen, Andy and granddaughter Isla, family and friends, they included jazz musicians, jazz fans and members of National Roller Hockey Association. Just last November Roger had published his 732 page history of English Roller Hockey 1917-2010.

    Burt Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims played a selection of jazz numbers including “The Sweet Bye and Bye”. In his address the Reverend Steven Parrett mentioned this was the first time a jazz band had played in Christ Church and that the music was beautiful and so appropriate.

    After the service and committal we went on to The Marine Hotel, Tankerton, where so many fond memories about Roger were shared.

    Roger and I – and jazz – went back to school days in Herne Bay. He was my best chum and along with so many others I will miss him immensely. Oh, and the weather was sunny and warm for his send off.

    You will find a photo I took of Roger, I think age 14, playing clarinet top of page at https://www.jazzandjazz.com/2016/12/gripping-yarns-canoes-rowboats-rafts/

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